Ms. Deirdre's Musical Ideas
  • The Birdie Song (a poem and fingerplay)
    Way up in the sky
    The big birdies fly
    Way down in the nest
    The little birdies rest
    With a wing on the left
    And a wing on the right
    The little birdie sleeps
    All through the night.
    Shhhhhh!
  • Hush, Be Still (a lullaby)
    Hush, be still, as a mouse
    There’s a baby in the house.
    Not a dolly, not a toy, but a sleeping baby boy.
    Hush, be still, as a mouse
    There’s a baby in the house.
    She’s a treasure, she’s a pearl
    She’s a sleeping baby girl.
  • Five Little Dragonflies (a subtraction song - tune: Five Green and Speckled Frogs)
    Five little dragonflies
    Sat on a plant nearby
    Eating some most delicious bugs, Yum! Yum!
    One flew up and away
    Where it could catch his prey
    Then there were four little dragonflies. Zoom! Zoom!
    4, 3, 2, 1...
  • The Caterpillar ( a poem and fingerplay)
    A caterpillar crawled to the top of a tree “I think I’ll take a nap,” said he.
    So, under a leaf he began to creep
    To spin a chrysalis, then he fell asleep.
    All winter long he slept in his bed
    ‘Til Spring came along one day and said,
    “Wake up, wake up, little sleepyhead.
    Wake up, it’s time to get out of bed.”
    So, he opened his eyes that sunshiny day
    And lo! He was a butterfly and he flew away!
  • Caterpillar Crawling By (tune: Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star)
    Caterpillar crawling by
    Soon you’ll be a butterfly.
    Eat some milkweed ‘til you’re filled
    Then a chrysalis you’ll build.
    Caterpillar crawling by
    Soon you’ll be a butterfly.
    In your chrysalis of green
    Caterpillar can’t be seen.
    One day soon when you come out
    You’ll begin to fly about.
    Caterpillar, my, oh, my!
    You’re a monarch butterfly!
  • Big Green Bug: Pretend a big green bug (or change the color!) lands and crawls on different parts of your body! It’s ok - he’s just tickling you!
  • Parents, Resources, Tips, and Advice
  • Visit the New Canaan Sculpture Trail!
  • Adios, Amigos (Goodbye, My Friends - tune: Frere Jacques)
    Adios, amigos, adios, amigos
    Ya me voy, ya me voy Me dio mucho gusto Estar con ustedes.
    Adios, adios.
    Translation:
    Goodbye, friends, goodbye, friends
    It’s time to go, it’s time to go
    It was very nice To be with all of you.
    Goodbye, goodbye.
  • I’m Moving Up (or I’m Stepping Up)
    I’m moving/stepping up
    Way, way up
    I’m moving/stepping up with hopes and dreams
    Making my way in the world.
    We’re moving/stepping up
    Way, way up
    We’re moving/stepping up with hopes and dreams
    Making our way in the world.
    We’re changing every day
    Making friends along the way
    Living and loving and learning, too
    Making our way in the world.
  • Two scarf songs!
    One Bright Scarf (tune: Ten Little Indians)
    One bright scarf waiting for the wind to blow
    Wiggle it high, wiggle it low
    Wiggle it fast, wiggle it slow.
    Where did you go? Achoo!
    There You Are?
    Popcorn Kernels (tune: Frère Jacques)
    Popcorn kernels, popcorn kernels
    In the pot, in the pot
    Shake it, shake it, shake it
    Shake it, shake it, shake it
    Til it pops, til it pops!
  • Creeping, Creeping Little Bee (fingerplay, ascending/descending scale) Pretend your fingers are a bumble bee tickling you from your toes to your head!
    Lyrics:
    (Ascending musical scale)
    Creeping, creeping
    Little bee
    Up my leg and
    Past my knee
    To my tummy
    On he goes
    Past my chin and
    To my nose.
    (Descending musical scale)
    Now he’s creeping
    Down my chin
    To my tummy
    Once again
    Down my leg and
    Past my knee
    To my toe that
    Little bee.
  • This Land is Your Land: Words and music by Woody Guthrie, paintings by Kathy Jakobsen. Enjoy this patriotic song and picture book (and some sign language, too!) Please note: only three out of six verses are included!
    Lyrics:
    As I was walking that ribbon of highway
    I saw above me that endless skyway
    I saw below me that golden valley
    This land was made for you and me.Chorus:
    This land is your land, this land is my land
    From California to the New York Island
    From the redwood forest to the Gulf Stream waters
    This land was made for you and me.I’ve roamed and rambled and I followed my footsteps
    To the sparkling lands of her diamond deserts
    And all around me a voice was sounding
    This land was made for you and me.
    When the sun was shining, and I was strolling
    And the wheat fields waving and the dust clouds rolling
    As the fog was lifting a voice was chanting
    This land was made for you and me.
  • Podcasts for Kids! Music, theater, and more…for all ages.
  • Five Little Ducks (a subtraction song)
  • Pre-K Songs and Activities related to the US Census - Everybody Counts!
  • Shake That Little Foot, Dinah-O: Enjoy watching the limberjack shake his feet, the banjo play, and the shakers shake. Do you have shakers you can play or make at home?
  • (Not) Just For Kids: Norwalk Symphony Orchestra and Stepping Stones Museum for Children
  • Nature Activities from the Woodcock Nature Center
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle: Enjoy this classic Springtime story, accompanied by funk music!
  • The Red, Red Robin: Dance or fly around like the CT State Bird in the Spring!
  • Fun Exercise Videos for Kids!
  • Here is a Beehive (a counting fingerplay and chant): Get ready to be tickled by a bumble bee!
    Lyrics:
    Here is a beehive
    But where are the bees?
    Hidden away where nobody sees.
    Watch and you’ll see them come out of the hive
    1, 2, 3, 4, 5! Bzzzzz!
  • Five Little Pastries (a subtraction fingerplay and chant)
    Lyrics:
    Five little pastries in a bakery shop
    You know, the kind with the sugar and the honey on top
    Along came a (boy/girl/child’s name) with a penny to pay
    He/she took one pastry and he/she ran away. Leaving…
    …4, 3, 2, 1
    Substitute your favorite bakery items: cookies, muffins, bagels, etc. for more vocabulary!
  • Shoo, Fly, Don’t Bother Me!
    Substitute other insects for “shoo, fly”: ladybug, bumble bee, dragonfly, butterfly, etc.
    Lyrics:
    Shoo, fly, don’t bother me
    Shoo, fly, don’t bother me
    Shoo, fly, don’t bother me
    ‘Cause I belong to somebody.I feel, I feel, I feel like a morning star
    I feel, I feel, I feel like a morning star
    I feel, I feel, I feel like a morning star
    I feel, I feel, I feel like a morning star.
  • Animals Around the World During Covid-19
    (music: Edvard Grieg, Peer Gynt Suite, In the Hall of the Mountain King)
  • Animal Exploration!
  • Puppet Theater Ideas! Save cardboard boxes from deliveries to make puppets and a puppet theater! Read in BBC News.
  • A Six-Year Old Boy Sets Up A Joke Stand During Covid-19!
  • Violist Arav Amin: Enjoy listening to this incredibly talented Roton Middleschooler (Rowayton/Norwalk), who made this video for Teacher Appreciation Week. Although not a Toddler through K, he must have started studying and practicing viola at an early age!
  • In The Tall, Tall Grass by Denise Fleming: Enjoy this bluesy accompaniment to a well-loved story about Springtime critters!
  • Dancing Jokes!
    - Why should you never dance with horses? Because they have two left feet.
    - What do you call a dancing sheep? A baaaah-lerina.
    - What do cows like to dance to? Any kind of moo-sic they like!
    - What is a duck’s favorite dance? The quackstep!
    - How do hens dance? Chick to chick.
    - Which dance will a chicken not do? The foxtrot!
    - What's an owl's favorite kind of dance? The whoo-la.
    - What is a pig’s favorite ballet? Swine Lake!
    - Why did the bunny cross the road? To show his friend the hip-hop.
    - What is the fly's favorite dance? The jitterbug.
    - Why do ants dance on jelly jars? Because the lids say twist to open.
    - What do you get if you cross an insect and a dance? A Cricket Ball!
    - What does a snail wear to go dancing? Escargogo boots.
    - What’s a chip’s favorite dance? The salsa.
    - Where did the hamburger go to dance? At the Meat Ball.
    - How does a hamburger dance? It shakes its buns.
    - What kind of dance do buns do? A-bun-dance.
    - Where do fortune tellers dance? At the Crystal Ball.
    - Why didn’t the skeleton want to go to the Friday the 13th Dance? Because he had no body to go with.
    - How do you make a tissue dance? You put a little boogie in it.
    - Where are bare feet not allowed to dance? At the sock hop.
    - What dance do all astronauts know? The moonwalk.
  • A Riddle
    I love to dance and twist and prance,
    I shake my tail, as away I sail,
    wingless I fly into the sky.
    What am I?
    A kite
  • A Dancing Cockatoo!
  • And A Drumming Cockatiel!
  • Spring Is HereCan you move like the springtime critters in this song? They strut, they fly, they do their thing!
  • Head, Thorax, Abdomen (tune to Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes): Can you pretend to be an insect and tap your different body parts to the beat?
    Lyrics:
    Head, thorax, abdomen, abdomen
    Head, thorax, abdomen, abdomen
    Compound eyes, antennae, and six legs
    Head, thorax, abdomen, abdomen.
  • Mi Cuerpo Hace Musica (My Body Makes Music): Happy Cinco de Mayo! Dance along to this song in Spanish!
    Spanish Vocabulary:
    Manos - hands
    Pies - feet
    Boca - mouth
    Cuerpo - body
  • My Garden (for Mother’s Day!)
    Lyrics:
    Dig a garden
    Plant some seeds
    Give them water
    Pull up weeds.
    Plants get bigger
    Flowers grow
    Take them to someone you know!
  • Musical Food For Thought: After silence, music comes closest to expressing the inexpressible. Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass, it's about learning to dance in the rain.
  • Why Music Matters For Children
  • Live-streaming Concerts to Enjoy from Your Couch (for parents)!
  • April is National Poetry Month!
    - Make up your own poems: Any subject will do! Write them down or have a family member help you. Practice rhyming!
    - Read children’s poetry and Dr. Seuss books and enjoy the rhythms and rhymes! Try adding a drum beat or tap the table. A steady beat (tapping toes or clapping hands) is so important to reading poetry and making music!
  • Make your own musical picture book: Staple blank pages together and write a phrase or sentence from the lyrics of your child’s favorite song, such as Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star, Wheels on the Bus, You Are My Sunshine, etc. at the bottom of each page. The child can then illustrate each page, make a cover, and voila! You have a new musical book to share and add to your bookshelf.
  • Create your own version of Over in the Meadow: Walk around your yard or neighborhood and notice signs of Spring! Write them down or record them. Again, staple blank pages together, write the observations at the bottom, and your child can illustrate above.
  • Drawing and Painting to Music: Draw or paint to different genres of music and notice how you feel and how the artwork might reflect the mood or energy in that music. Put on classical, punk rock, hard rock, new age, etc.
  • Make an Instrument Book: Gather any and all instruments in your house. Take and print a photo of each instrument or have your child draw a picture of each and then compile them into a book by once again, stapling together the pages. Write the instrument name on the bottom of each page (ex. a piano OR This is a piano - for better reading practice!). Kindergarteners could do this, too and also challenge themselves by putting the pages in alphabetical order! Don’t forget to make a cover! *An alternative: take a photo of your child holding or playing each instrument, print, label, and compile the book!
  • Read Poetry and Nursery Rhyme Books: Tap out the beat on your lap, table, or with a percussion instrument to the inherent rhythmic language.
  • Make a Sound Book from Your House: Listen to sounds throughout your house, write them on the bottom of each blank page, and have your child illustrate above. Examples: water dripping in sink, a dog barking, a doorbell, the tv, a refrigerator humming, a garage door opening, phone ringing, etc.
  • Make a marching band parade in honor of the month of March: Pull out any and all portable instruments, pots and pans, flags, put on some marching music (John Philip Sousa, New Orleans Jazz/When The Saints Go Marching In, Carnevale, Irish, The Ants Go Marching, etc.), and make a marching band parade. You could even make a sign to hold up in front: i.e., The (name) Marching Band. Someone could video tape it for all to enjoy later and/or to send to friends and relatives.
  • Play the game Twister to fun, upbeat music!
  • Play musical games to familiar songs: Kindergarteners could really have fun with this phonetic one. Sing My Bonnie Lies Over The Ocean. Start by sitting down, then stand up and sit down every time you sing a word of the song that starts with the letter B (there are a lot of them!). Try this activity with other songs that use a lot of alliteration!
  • Dance with your favorite stuffed animal, baby doll, toy dinosaur: Put on the appropriate music depending on the dance partner: lullabies, waltzes, high energy.
  • For some fun songs visit: www.jbrary.com (Two children’s librarians from Vancouver, BC share a wealth of fingerplays, songs, and stories) or www.musicforaardvarks.com (Songs and videos about family and urban life. I used to teach these classes in Brooklyn)
  • Have a dance party! Put on your favorite music and show everyone your moves! Family members could take turns choosing the music each time, ensuring great variety. This is also good exercise!
  • Make recyclable instruments: Save plastic water bottles and containers and fill them with small items, like rice, pasta, paper clips, and small random plastic objects. This would be a good way to clean out your junk drawer! After filling, tape the bottle or container closed. Make a tissue box string guitar! Wrap 4-6 rubber bands around the opening of an empty tissue box and pluck away to hear the different sounds!
  • Read musical stories: So many choices here, but classics like Over in the Meadow have a parent and child part, so it’s interactive and encourages children to sing. Read Dr. Seuss books and tap the steady beat on a drum or other percussion instrument. It will get silly, but enjoy trying to fit the zany language into a beat.
  • Play musical games: Classic party and playground games like Duck, Duck, Goose, London Bridge, and Bluebird encourage listening, following directions, following the beat, and singing.Jump rope to classic rhymes like Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear. Hula Hoop to your favorite music with a good beat!
  • Sing Lullabies: There’s nothing more comforting than settling down at nap or bedtime to your caregiver’s gentle voice. Pick your favorite mellow song - it could be the Beatles or Adele! - and sing it slowly and sweetly.
  • ABC Instrument Word Wall: Make an alphabet word wall with instrument names (could use pictures, too)
  • Sound Book: Cut out pictures of objects from magazines, flyers, circulars, and brochures. Organize them by the sound they make: high, low, loud, quiet. Write each of these words on a blank piece of paper, glue the pictures on the appropriate page, and staple the pages together. Remember to make a cover!
  • Write a story, song, or story song: ...about your time at home and put it to a familiar tune. (Look up coronavirus parody songs on YouTube.)
  • Freeze Dance: Dance to your favorite music! Freeze (in silly poses) when the music stops.
  • Musical Ball Fun: Bounce a ball to the beat of a song or chant (i.e.Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear Turn Around, A, My Name is Alice) or throw a ball back and forth with someone to the beat of a chant or song.
  • Learn a new dance style via YouTube: from bellydancing to breakdancing!
  • Listening Walk: Walk around your yard or street and notice sounds: i.e. a dog barking, bird song, a lawnmower, a chainsaw, a car horn, squeaky brakes, an airplane. Are they loud or quiet? Pleasant or annoying? Why? Count how many sounds you hear!
  • Move at different speeds around your house: Move in slow motion, move in fast motion. Could also move like slow/fast animals (turtles/rabbits, snails/cheetahs).
  • Name That Tune: Hum, play the melody, or sing the lyrics to a song. Everyone guesses the name.
  • Tune That Name: Think of a word. Everyone has to think of a song that has that
    word in the title or the lyrics.
  • Guess the Object: I’m thinking of an object that sounds like this...
  • Guess the Animal: I’m thinking of an animal that sounds like this...
  • Musical Scavenger Hunts: Look for things that make...
    - high pitched sounds (i.e. tea kettle, baby crying)
    - low pitched sounds (i.e. big dog barking)
    - loud sounds (i.e. dog barking, door slamming, baby crying, chair scraping, snoring/sneezing)
    - quiet sounds (i.e. clock ticking, sewing machine, water boiling)
    - Hide any and all musical instruments (not valuable ones!) in one room and then take turns trying to find them.
  • Musical Chairs: Line up chairs, put on your favorite music, dance or march around the chairs, stop the music, and everyone tries to find a seat. If they can’t, they’re out of the game. Take one chair away each time.
  • Cooperative Musical Chairs: Do the same as above, but instead of eliminating players, everyone gets to stay in the game by sharing a chair, touching a chair, or touching someone sitting in the chair when the music stops. Take one chair away each time.
  • Musical Stairs: When going up and down stairs in your house, use a musical scale to count them.
  • YouTube videos:
    - All I Really Need
    - If You Have To Cough or Sneeze
    - Here Is My Garden
    - Spring Has Sprung
    - John the Rabbit
    - The Little Band
    - What a Wonderful World
    - I Love the Mountains
    - The Fox Went Out On a Chilly Night
    - Inch by Inch
    - Swimmy
    - The Worm Song
  • Links to Songs, Games, Movement, Dancing, and Instruction
    - https://family.gonoodle.com/
    - https://pbskids.org/games/music/
    - https://newvictory.org/new-victory-arts-break-percussion-week/
    - Instrument Matching Game
    - Orchestra Game using Mozart’s Magic Flute
    - “Name That Instrument” Matching Game
    - “Beep Box”:Make your own song using high and low “beeps.”
    - Chrome Music Lab: A free website (no login required) with musical games, experiments, and tools to use.
    - Other Links: 100 songs to help lift your spirits during a pandemic
  • Telephone Game: This is a classic listening game! Sit around a table or in a circle on the floor. One person starts by thinking of a phrase or sentence and whispering it into his/her neighbor’s ear. That person passes it on around the circle and so forth. The last person to receive the message tells everyone what they heard. The person who started reveals if that is what he/she said. It can get real silly!
  • Folk and Fairy Tales: Enjoy acting out folk and fairy tales with the whole family. Exs: The Little Red Hen, The Three Little Pigs, Goldilocks and The Three Bears,The Three Billy Goats Gruff, Jack and the Beanstalk. Fairy tales involve magic, which we could all use just about now! Everyone pretends to be a character in the tale. Can switch and take turns. Use props and costumes, if you have them. Videotape t and send to friends and relatives!
  • Guess the Animal: Everyone takes a turn acting out an animal by it’s movements and sound. Others guess what it is. Next level: act out movements with no sound!
  • Tips and suggestions:Please send photos, videos, and messages of your children (and family!) enjoying the above activities and/or making up their own! Send to sdmurtha@sbcglobal.net. I’d love to see them! It’s important to enjoy...
    - the live, real-time energy of family music-making
    - the fun, spontaneity, experimentation
    - creativity
    - learning new skills and knowledge
    - a new normal and silver lining of this crazy time!
  • Move a Parachute, Tablecloth, or Sheet to Music: Put on your favorite music and move the above in a large room or your backyard to the varying beats and tempos: steady beat, big beat, micro/small beat, fast, medium, slow.
  • Drumming Circle: Get out any and all drums, pots, pans, empty coffee cans, and bowls and have a drumming circle with the family! One person lays down a rhythm pattern, establishing the beat, and then each person adds a different rhythm cumulatively around the circle (or table). Keep it simple at first! It gets tricky keeping your own rhythm pattern going, even though you can hear everyone else’s! It involves concentrating and listening to the beat. That’s the pulse underneath it all! Cool overlapping rhythms will happen! Everyone takes turns starting. Alternative: Tap out rhythms around the kitchen table with just your hands.
  • Kitchen Things That Ring
    Look around the kitchen
    Hang utensils from a string.
    Tap them with a pencil
    To see if they ring!
    - I.e. a garlic press, scissors, serving fork, spoon, whisk. What else?
    - Rest a fork on the plastic lid of an empty coffee can.
    - Ping the prongs with your fingernails to hear the fork sing!
    - Strum a spatula and scrape a cheese grater with a stick or pencil.
  • Make Cymbals: Tap two pot lids together (warning: ear plugs might be needed!).
  • Make a Tambourine:  Use an aluminum pie plate and bottle caps. Punch holes and use wire or twist ties to attach caps.
  • Make A Windchime: Google How To’s.. There are so many ideas and resources on the web, using many different materials. Get thee to your junk drawer!
  • Water Glass Xylophone: Line up and fill eight tall glasses (preferably the same) with varying increments of water. Tap on them with a pen, spoon, etc. from small amount to high amount and hear a musical scale (and back again!) Try to play a simple song, like Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.
  • Wine Glasses Sing! Do the same with stemmed wine glasses and run a wet finger around the edge to hear them sing!
  • If You’re Happy and You Know It
    Make up your own version and stretch your vocabulary! Add sounds and movement.
    Examples:
    If you’re itchy and you know it, scratch your nose...
    If you’re loud and you know it, shout hooray! Quiet...go like this...Shhh!
    If you’re cool and you know it, go like this...or strut like this...
    If you’re funny and you know it, laugh like this...(belly laugh, giggle...)
    If you’re silly and you know it, make a face...
    Endless possibilities!
  • I Had A Rooster (a traditional cumulative song)
    Lyrics
    I had a rooster and my rooster loves me
    I fed my rooster ‘neath the green bay tree
    My little rooster said, “Cockadoodle doo, a doodlie doodlie, doodlie, do!”
    Change the animal names and sounds!
  • Barnyard Dance by Sandra Boynton: Enjoy the rhythmic language of this story to live fiddling (compliments of my husband, Sean)!
  • A Springtime Chant
    Here’s a nest for robin (make small circle with hands)
    And here’s a hive for bee (make pointed hive with fingers touching)
    Here’s a hole for rabbit (make big circle with arms)
    And here’s a house for me! (make roof over your head with fingers touching)
  • Make Way For Ducklings by Robert McCloskey
    Flap your wings and enjoy some added sounds in this beloved Springtime story.
  • Baking and Cooking Chants:
    Patticake, Patticake
    Patticake, patticake, baker’s man. Bake me a cake as fast as you can.
    Roll it, pat it, mark it with a (first letter of child’s name), put it in the oven for (child’s
    name) and me!
    (Fours and Kindergarteners can practice doing patticake - it’s a pattern!)Chop Chop Chippity Chop (while chopping fruits and veggies together!)
    Chop, chop, chippity, chop
    Cut off the bottom and cut off the top.
    What there is left, we’ll put in the pot
    Chop, chop, choppity chop.
  • Joseph Had A Little Overcoat by Simms Taback
  • Groove PizzaAn app for programming your own instrumental digital track! Ask an older sibling or adult for help.
  • Sidewalk Chalk by Rebecca Frezza and Big Truck: Have you been drawing outside with sidewalk chalk?  Many people have been using it to write nice messages for their community.  Here’s a great dance song written about it.  How does it move you?
  • I Had An Old Coat by Paul Kaplan: Please sing along with the Murtha Family, echoing on “what’ll I do” and ending with “and I sing everyday of my life!”
  • Cluck Old Hen Medley: Here are two versions of the same song - one Irish, one Old-Time - accompanied by fiddle and fiddlesticks! You can use anything to gently tap the beat on the strings. We use chopsticks!
  • Make a Rainstick: Enjoy learning how to make a rainstick from my son, Graham (age 17)!
  • Make a Rubberband Banjo: Wrap rubber bands around the width of a shoebox. Pluck the bands (like strings) and hear the different tones they make depending on how much you stretch them (long and short). Try to play a song!
  • Recycled Instrument Jam: Look around your house and in your recycling bin to invent your own instruments! Tap, shake, scrape, and make vibrations to your favorite music! Here is the Murtha Family singing and playing along to our version of Jack Johnson’s The 3 R’s: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.
  • Tongue Twisters: Tap on a drum, the table, your lap and try to say these tongue twisters five-10 times fast! It gets silly! Can you make up your own? Have an older sibling or parent help you. Have fun with alliteration!Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers.
    She sells seashells by the seashore.
    The tip of the tongue, the teeth, the lips.
    Copper kettles carry comfort killing cough and cold.
    How much wood would a woodchuck chuck, if a woodchuck could chuck wood?
  • Magic Carpet Ride: Spread a big scarf or blanket on the floor and pretend it is a magic carpet that can take you anywhere you want to go. Get off and pretend to explore this wonderful new place. Get back on and go to the next place! Take turns suggesting destinations.
  • Fill a box with old clothes and props (i.e. old glasses, jewelry, purses, phones, hats,
    scarves): Encourage your child to pretend to be characters from folk and fairy tales or their own made-up stories! Keep adding to the box (as you clean out your house) and let your child’s imagination soar (i.e. a scarf can become a cape!)
  • A Little Seed (an echo song)
    A little seed (a little seed)
    For me to sow
    A little soil
    To make it grow
    A little sun
    A little shower
    A little wait
    And then a flower!
  • Plant Four Seeds (written by first graders!)
    Plant four seeds when you make a row
    One to rot and one to grow
    One for the pigeon and one for the crow.
  • The Bubble Song (tune: 10 Little Indians): Have you been playing with bubbles outside (or in your bath)? Count them as they float away or count on your fingers.
    One little, two little, three little bubbles
    Four little, five little, six little bubbles
    Seven little, eight little, nine little bubbles
    Ten little bubbles in the air! Oh...Pop, pop, pop those bubbles
    Pop, pop, pop those bubbles
    Pop, pop, pop those bubbles
    Pop those bubbles in the air!
  • Make Your Own Puzzles: You could make one with musical instruments, your favorite artists, songs, and more!
  • Fun with Scarves: Put on your favorite music and play with scarves!
    Scarf Toss - Play catch with scarves that are silky or lightweight. They’ll float through the air and require a lot of quick movements as you try to catch them.
    Scarf Jump Rope - Tie several scarves end-to-end or to a doorknob and use as a jump rope.
    Scarf Monster! - If not too scary, put a scarf over your head and move around like a monster or ghost, trying to catch people. Take turns! You could be also be a hugging monster, silly monster, or tickling monster.
    Body Scarf Catch - Throw a scarf in the air. Take turns naming a part of the body players should use to catch it! i.e. with your big toe, with your head, with your chest...!
    Scarf Balance Beam - Line up long, narrow (winter) scarves and take turns walking across them like a balance beam. “Put one foot in front of the other...” or put some circus music on!
    Scarf Paintbrush - Pretend to paint the sky with a scarf, high, low, swirly patterns, different colors. Try to reach the sun, moon, and stars!
    Scarf Catch - Throw your scarf in the air, then quickly turn around to catch it before it touches the ground.
  • Obstacle Course Fun: Set up an obstacle course inside (with pillows, cushions, chairs...) or outside (chairs, benches, hoses, buckets...), play your favorite music, and have fun going over, under, around, and through the course.
  • Hula Hoops and Sidewalk Chalk: Put on your favorite music and play these games!
    - Make a hopscotch course with sidewalk chalk or hula hoops. Hop on one foot or two! Also, you can pretend to be a frog or a bunny!
    - Draw shapes with different colored sidewalk chalk or lay different hula hoops on the ground and follow the directions: Hop to the yellow square, tip toe to the purple circle, run to the green triangle, walk backwards to the red square, etc.
    - Hula Hoop Journeys: Use a hula hoop as a steering wheel and sing your favorite transportation songs (The Wheels on the Bus, train songs). Also, have your child stand inside the hoop while you hold it from behind and let them steer: stop, turn right, turn left, go forward, back up! You could also pretend to be a horse in this same way and as you “hold the reins,” whinny, neigh, toss you mane, and sing horse songs.
  • Do the Limbo! Use a broom, mop, fishing pole, etc, line everyone up, put on your favorite dance music, and limbo! You can also look up The Limbo Song online. Children can learn the concepts of high and low (How low can you go?)
  • Move Like a Snake! Can you and your family pretend to be a long snake who has just woken up from its winter sleep and is hungrily slithering around, looking for food? Try attaching to each other at the shoulders or waist and slithering around to your favorite groovy music! Take turns as the head of the snake, leading everyone around, until the head (or someone not participating) says, “Snake, shed your skin!” and the head becomes the tail, making way for a new leader.
    - Alternative: do the same as a train! All Aboard! Choo Choo!
  • Where Are The Froggies? Can you move like the animals in this song? First they sleep, then...
  • Over In The Meadow: Enjoy singing and counting through this classic Springtime story. You can also make up your own version, with different animals, habitats, and rhymes.